From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Comprehend \Com`pre*hend"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Comprehended;
   p. pr. & vb. n. Comprehending.] [L. comprehendere,
   comprehensum; com- + prehendere to grasp, seize; prae before
   + hendere (used only in comp.). See Get, and cf.
   1. To contain; to embrace; to include; as, the states
      comprehended in the Austrian Empire.
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            Who hath . . . comprehended the dust of the earth in
            a measure.                            --Is. xl. 12.
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   2. To take in or include by construction or implication; to
      comprise; to imply.
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            Comprehended all in this one word, Discretion.
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            And if there be any other commandment, it is briefly
            comprehended in this saying.          --Rom. xiii.
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   3. To take into the mind; to grasp with the understanding; to
      apprehend the meaning of; to understand.
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            At a loss to comprehend the question. --W. Irwing.
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            Great things doeth he, which we can not comprehend.
                                                  --Job. xxxvii.

   Syn: To contain; include; embrace; comprise; inclose; grasp;
        embody; involve; imply; apprehend; imagine; conceive;
        understand. See Apprehend.
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